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Environmental, social, and economic consequences of six food system strategies for Switzerland

Frehner, Anita; de Boer, Imke; Müller, Adrian; van Zanten, Hannah and Schader, Christian (2022) Environmental, social, and economic consequences of six food system strategies for Switzerland. In: 14th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics. Will Achilles catch up with the tortoise? It’s high time for transformative action on sustainability. 14-17 June 2022, Pisa, Italy, p. 179.

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Consumption- as well as production-side changes are needed to improve the sustainability performance of food systems. We assessed multiple impacts of six food system strategies for Switzerland. Two strategies encompassed dietary changes: following a pescetarian diet and adhering to the national dietary guidelines. Two strategies employed alternative farming systems: increasing the share of organic production and, in addition, applying the circularity principle of avoiding feed-food competition by excluding livestock feed grown on arable land. A fifth strategy reduced food waste. The sixth strategy increased the share of domestic produce. For all strategies, we assessed greenhouse gas emissions, land use, nitrogen surplus, social risks, diet quality, and diet costs. The strategies revealed trade-offs between impact categories, unless combined in a synergistic way. Combining all proposed strategies could lead to substantial improvements in all impact categories assessed, but would require a thorough transformation of the current food system.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:food systems, food security, sustainability assessment, Abacus, FiBL3522403
Agrovoc keywords:
food systems
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Society > Agri-food policy > Food security
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Sustainability > Sustainability assessment
Related Links:https://esee2022pisa.ec.unipi.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/ESEEBooklet.pdf
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:44618
Deposited On:17 Nov 2022 08:31
Last Modified:17 Nov 2022 09:03
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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